Visual Impairment

  • Visual Impairment

    The VI team supports classroom teachers and evaluates students to determine their educational needs. The team also provides direct instruction of the Expanded Core Curriculum to students who qualify as students with visual impairment. The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is a disability-specific set of skills that compensates for vision loss and is foundational to all other learning. The ECC covers Compensatory Access, Assistive Technology, Sensory Efficiency, Career Education, Recreation and Leisure, Self-determination, Social Interaction, Independent Living, and Orientation and Mobility.

    What is the ECC? TSBVI

     Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is a profession specific to blindness and low vision that teaches safe, efficient, and effective travel skills. Orientation refers to the ability to know where you are and where you want to go, whether you're moving from one room to another, or walking downtown for a shopping trip. Mobility refers to the ability to move safely, efficiently, and effectively from one place to another, such as being able to walk without tripping or falling, cross streets, and use public transportation. An O&M Specialist provides instruction that can help develop or re-learn the skills and concepts needed to travel safely and independently within the home and in the community.

    Orientation and Mobility is a related service and is provided only if deemed necessary by an IEP/ARD committee. It is based on the student’s individual needs.

    Deafblind Services are provided by our team in close collaboration with professionals for students with Auditory Impairments

    Eligibility Statement

     Eligibility is determined by an individualized family service plan (IFSP) or by an admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee. It is based on an eye medical report, functional vision evaluation, a learning media assessment, and an orientation and mobility evaluation.

      Students generally considered eligible as visually impaired (eligibility is determined by the ARD committee) include:

    1. Infants and toddlers (birth to three) who are blind or have a “serious visual loss” after correction, which is interfering or is expected to interfere with normal patterns of development.
    2. Students (ages three through 21) whose visual loss, after correction, is so severe that it adversely affects their educational performance in regular or special education classes.
    3. Students (birth through 21) who have a progressive medical condition that will result in no vision or serious visual loss after correction.